What makes 30 days so special? Across disciplines of medicine, this time frame is used to help define response to initial therapies. Oncologists often require 4 weeks of complete response to initial chemotherapy before declaring patients with acute myeloid leukemia to be in remission. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons uses 30-day mortality as a major indicator of cardiac surgical success. In heart failure, 30-day readmission has emerged as a benchmark for reimbursement and an indicator of hospital quality.
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